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Mobile cafe brings free lunches to students

The Hungry Tummy Café is a bus that brings food to students. (Source: Brunswick County Schools) The Hungry Tummy Café is a bus that brings food to students. (Source: Brunswick County Schools)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Brunswick County students are getting some help from school officials in the form of food.

Brunswick County Schools unveiled a new program Tuesday called the Hungry Tummy Café, which is a bus that brings food to the students.

"Yummy was a dream, and it's really fitted for the kids," Tina Ward, Brunswick County Schools Nutrition Director, said about The Hungry Tummy Café also known as Yummy. "There are tables on there, where they can get on and sit down and have a nice meal and enjoy it."

Ward said the bus will better help the students in need. More than 60 percent of students are food insecure, so when school is out, a lot of them don't know where their next meal is coming from.

"We have a lot of hungry children, who are out there way out in the community," Ward mentioned. "I mean they're out in rural areas and I think that mobile feeding is going to be the way of the future as far as summer food services are concerned."

"I think it's fabulous!" exclaimed Program Manager of No Kid Hungry NC, Tamara Baker. "This is really the national model that we're all aspiring to. Mobile meals are the greatest thing for summer feeding children in need because it reaches them where they live, where they play, where they work. It gives access to rural areas that wouldn't be able to bring the food to the kids."

Yummy will spend the next few weeks on the road visiting different communities all over the county.

Anyone under the age of 18 can get a free meal from the mobile café. The lunches are federally funded. Brunswick county is looking to add two more mobile cafes in the future.

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